BELFAST: The family of a Co Down teenager who died after taking drugs have issued a powerful warning to other young people tempted by dealers.
Jonny Ramsey was just 18 when he died suddenly as a result of a bright spaceship shaped drug known as UFO.
The teenager suffered heart failure on the way to hospital as paramedics tried to save him.
His devastated family have now appealed to young people to “think twice before experimenting”.
They said: “During the Xmas season many youths are tempted to make the most of a night out or a party.
“Sadly drugs are available in most estates and pubs. The temptation and peer pressure is everywhere.
“I’d like to ask you to think twice before experimenting. It only takes one pill to kill.
“Drug dealers don’t care who they sell to or what harm it will do, if it will lead to addiction or kill you, as long as they are making money.
“We lost someone precious who took that chance. We know who sold the drugs, who they work for and who gave them to him. But that won’t bring him back.
“There is no way of telling what is mixed in these pills. Even grass is laced to make it more addictive.
“So if you are tempted to try, remember the next one to die could be you. Or your friend. Your boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter.
“And those of you in the company of drug users or anyone experimenting or Encouraged to try drugs by friends – be strong enough to say no.